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President Obama signs executive order reducing federal GHG emissions

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On March 19, 2015, the White House published an Executive Order signed by President Obama that would further a preference for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred products. Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade sets new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets for federal agencies to reach by 2025 and increases renewable energy use and building efficiency, while reducing fleet emissions in the federal government. The new targets would reduce total GHG emissions by 26 million metric tons, and will be met in part by increasing the share of electricity from renewable sources that the federal government uses from 9 percent to 30 percent by 2025. The ambitious GHG emission targets will also be achieved by increasing energy efficiency in federal buildings by designing new buildings in environmentally conscious ways and retrofitting existing government buildings to improve energy conservation, efficiency, and management. The Executive Order also calls for federal agencies to have a purchase preference for products designated as recycled content by EPA, products designated BioPreferred and biobased by USDA, and products designated to be energy and water efficient by EPA.

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